UMass basketball: Rahsool Diggins signs NIL deal to stay with Minutemen

UMass guard Rahsool Diggins (3) hits a three-pointer against South Florida earlier this season at the Mullins Center in Amherst.

UMass guard Rahsool Diggins (3) hits a three-pointer against South Florida earlier this season at the Mullins Center in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

By GARRETT COTE

Staff Writer

Published: 04-10-2024 8:20 PM

AMHERST — Another member of the band has made his decision, and it’s a good one for the UMass men’s basketball team.

Following a career year, junior Rahsool Diggins has signed an NIL deal with The Massachusetts Collective, the collective announced on Twitter/X on Wednesday evening.

The collective also signed freshmen Jayden Ndjigue and Jaylen Curry, as well as sophomore Daniel Hankins-Sanford earlier this spring, so Diggins is now the fourth key rotational player to sign a deal to stay with the Minutemen.

After losing Josh Cohen, Keon Thompson and Robert Davis Jr., Diggins was as close to a “must keep” as it gets. UMass head coach Frank Martin openly said Diggins was one of his favorite players and personalities on the roster, especially because Diggins was in the gym more than any other player this past season.

And that showed throughout the year.

Diggins started all 31 games for UMass, seeing his points per game sky-rocket from 4.7 last season to 12.8 in this one. His 3-point shooting helped the Minutemen on several occasions in 2023-24, as he splashed two or more over the last seven games – an important stretch that earned UMass its highest Atlantic 10 seed since 2008.

His efforts earned him Co-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year, and considering what Martin has said about Diggins and his relentless work ethic, another offseason jump is expected now heading into his senior year.

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